Membership FAQs

What is CLE?

The CLE [Cultural Literacy in Europe] forum was established to unite researchers, academics, educators, artists, policy-makers and members of the cultural industries aiming to promote the interdisciplinary field of ‘literary and cultural studies’ [LCS] and its relationship to other research fields and cultural sectors, to develop and extend the contribution of LCS to Europe and its challenges.

What is ‘cultural literacy’?

Cultural literacy is an ability to view the social and cultural phenomena that shape our lives – bodies of knowledge, fields of social action, individuals or groups, and of course cultural artefacts – as being essentially readable. Cultural literacy engages with interdisciplinarity, multilingualism and collaboration. It is a way of looking at social and cultural issues through the lens of literary thinking, employing communication, comparison and critique on a scale beyond that of one language or one nation-state, and avoiding abstraction. Furthermore, it is as much about innovation and creative practice – whether scholarly, artistic or social – as it is about analysis, and it often brings these two methods together.

What does CLE do?

The main events hosted by CLE are the Biennial Conferences (London 2015, Warsaw 2017). Each conference has its own transdisciplinary topic and aims to offer different perspectives on it. Special focus is laid on the links to other sectors, such as education, cultural heritage and art practices. Special attention is paid to encouraging and enabling early-career researchers to participate.

In intervening years between conferences, interim Workshops are held on a subject to be designated by the Core Group.

A number of Special Interest Groups [SIGs] work on a permanent basis and hold their workshops at the conferences and between them. Within and among these groups, CLE members form networks to implement common initiatives and apply for funding.

 How is CLE organised?

Following its initial establishment in 2015, the Core Group is elected, on a rolling basis, to act as CLE’s executive body. It consists of the Chair, Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer, Membership Secretary, the Organiser of the next conference, the Web Manager, the Early-career representative, the SIG leaders and up to four other members.

The Steering Group meets between Core Group meetings to discuss urgent issues and to report to the Core Group; its members are the CLE Officers (Chair, Secretary and Treasurer), the Membership Secretary, the Organiser of the next conference and one other CG member.

The Advisory Board is made up of distinguished colleagues who are committed to the work of CLE and advise the Core Group from time to time.

 Who can be a member?

Any academic, researcher and practitioner in LCS and related fields of knowledge (such as memory studies, migration studies, digital humanities, etc.) and cultural sectors (such as education, art, heritage, etc.) can become a member of CLE.

What are the benefits of membership?

Members of CLE join and support a vibrant international community dedicated to common goals and networking through the website and other channels. They are entitled to

  • be entered on the CLE mailing-list and searchable Members’ Research Interests list;
  • attend Biennial Conferences, interim workshops and other CLE activities;
  • apply for bursaries at Biennial Conferences and other events;
  • become involved with SIG groups;
  • apply for annual competitions for research support;
  • participate in earmarked Early-career events, if eligible;
  • attend Annual General Meetings, with voting rights;
  • elect and/or stand for election to the CLE Core Group.

How do I become a member?

Please pay your membership fee online here. Once you have paid, click on “Back to merchant” and you will be able to fill in and submit the membership form.

I have paid my membership fees via PayPal but I have not received a membership number.

To receive a membership number you must complete the membership form, by clicking Back to Merchant on PayPal after payment. Please email Anja Rekeszus ( quoting your PayPal reference number if possible, and she will send the membership form as a word document.

Membership rates

Membership runs for 12 or 24 months from the date of joining. The rates are decided from time to time by the Core Group. In 2018/19 they are:

TYPE                             ONE-YEAR           TWO-YEAR

Standard                             £35                          £60

Sponsor                               £45                          £80

Student/Unwaged            £15                          £25

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